The Amazon Rainforest Is Burning To Ashes And The World Couldn’t Care Less. Good Thing These Celebrities Are Changing That!
On an average day, I find myself waking up to the same set of forwarded messages and incredibly unfunny Santa-Banta jokes, flooding my Whatsapp, courtesy of all the 15 family groups that I am in. But off late, if there is anything that I have been waking up to, it is the hard-hitting and painful reality of the world literally burning down to ashes, with the Amazon forest fires that have been scaling up for weeks now.
The Amazon rainforest is the biggest and largest rain forest on the planet and accounts for producing nearly 20 percent of the oxygen that there is in Earth’s atmosphere. Home to a myriad species of flora and fauna, the Amazon harbours the greatest ecosystems in the world, but the fact that it has been on fire for several days, has attracted almost negligible media coverage. That was till our stars and other around the world finally started attracting eyeballs to it.
Been seeing heart-breaking & alarming pictures of the Amazon rainforest which has been on fire since more than 2 weeks!It is responsible for 20% of the world’s oxygen.This affects each one of us…the earth may survive climate change but we won’t. #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForTheAmazon
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 22, 2019
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) August 21, 2019
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Deniers of #ClimateChange we are being gutted by the fires caused by your denial! The Amazon forest, the lungs of our planet has been on fire for the last 16 days and more than 72000 fires have occurred already this year. When will world media give this more attention? #ClimateChangeIsReal #ActOnClimate #amazonia #amazonas #PrayForAmazonia @unenvironment @unitednations @unsdgadvocates
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#Repost @elleindia with @get_repost ・・・ #ELLEnews: Parts of the Amazon rainforest are on fire, and new images released by @nasa show that the smoke is visible from space. This year, a record number of fires (over 72,000) have been detected in the rainforest, which is known as the world's lungs. According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, that's an increase of 83% from last year. The Amazon rainforests produces a fifth of the world's oxygen and climate change activists are concerned about the effect the fires could have. . #AmazonForestFire #ClimateChange #Environment Image via @iamnickrose
The fire has been escalating and burning for 16 days, and picking up pace every day. So much so, that the city of Sao Paulo, that is 3000 kms away was dark with clouds of smoke, and yet the world did not know about it. We needed celebrities to speak about it because that’s then you get heft to your voice. From actors like Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani, everyone is trying to do their bit to spread news about the flaming, discordant protest of mother nature, and yet simply not enough is being done.
Realising their duty to the planet, several actors and actresses from Bollywood are making use of their fanbase to talk about the fire wreaking havoc in the Amazon.
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#Regram #RG @rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. 🔥 The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January. The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do? ✔ As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ✔ Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. ✔ Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ✔ Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains. Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. ✔ When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy. #RainforestAlliance #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ActOnClimate #ForestsResist #ClimateCrisis 📸: @mohsinkazmitakespictures / Windy.com
Ace Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio also took to his social media to share a word about the calamity and urged people to spread news and sense over the topic. And what is probably worse than realising what we’ve led the world to with our careless actions, is the fact that people were far more concerned and active during the time of the Notre Dame fire, but can’t seem to care less about the things that actually do matter and will affect them too.
The cause of the fire, that is partially the wild fires due to droughts and partially due to the farmers way of lighting fires for deforestation to serve cattle, has spiralled out of control to a point where we can see the lungs of the planet catch fire and die. As reported by various satellites, there are approximately 9500 fires currently escalating in the amazon, and if that is not reason enough to cause alarm, then we don’t know what is.